Let the Dance Dance You

James Schattauer (MN InterPlayer)

“Spirit Groove” music by Kojo Samuels & Volker Kaczinski

Let the dance dance you Body Wisdom Practice

“Beannacht” (“Blessing”) by John O’Donohue Poem

Raise a hand in blessing


Gratitude to CathyAnn Beaty’s wisdom at the InterPlay and Therapy Toolkit Day at InterPlayce

Take a deep breath and let it out with a sigh…

“Spirit Groove” music

Enjoy Kojo Samuels & Volker Kaczinski – Spirit Groove – Djembe, Flute & Voice

Let the Dance Dance You Body Wisdom Practice

Spring is upon us in the Northern Hemisphere. Instead of speeding up, let spring spring you! For those moving toward Fall, fall lovingly into the earth.

Soften your focus. Want to play with releasing co-creative insistence and control and experiment with letting the dance of life dance you? Be a tumble weed in the wind, a rock rolling downhill, a fire of energy. Practice faith, trust, curiosity to know your body at one with the dance of life. Can you trust this most physical life for a minute or two and let life’s dance dance us in brief ritual of vacation from responsibility.

Choose one of the following actions.
let thrust thrust you.
let the swing swing you.
let shapes hold you.
let the flow flow you.
Play into your physical sensations (Yes this requires release of inhibition. Pretend you are a crazy artist for a minute).

Take a deep breath. Let the music support a moment to drop into the dance that is always there. Start with a hand moving like a kite in the wing, or shake, or be perfectly still in your shape, or drop into your seat. Play the above music again if you want.

Beannacht (“Blessing”) Poem

On the day when
weight deadens
on your shoulders
and you stumble,
may the clay
to balance you.

And when your eyes
the grey window
and the ghost of loss
gets in to you,
may a
flock of colours,
indigo, red, green,
and azure blue
come to awaken in
a meadow of delight.

When the canvas frays
the currach of thought
and a stain of ocean
blackens beneath you,
there come across the waters
a path of yellow moonlight
to bring you
safely home.

May the nourishment of the
earth be yours,
may the clarity of light be yours,
may the fluency of the
ocean be yours,
may the protection of the ancestors be yours.
And so may a
wind work these words
of love around you,
an invisible cloak
mind your life.

~ John O’Donohue ~
(Echoes of Memory, © John O’Donohue. All rights reserved. www.johnodonohue.com)

Raise a hand in blessing

Raise a hand in blessing to all directions and InterPlay friends as we honor and are nourished by the changing dance of seasons on the planet, in our lives, above and below.

Take a deep breath and let it out with a sigh…


Note: Phil will lead InterPlay with CathyAnn in Minnesota next week March 24-27. Cynthia will be in Asheville and Raleigh, North Carolina April 23 – May 1. Click on each of the links for Minnesota and Asheville details! Raleigh details to come!


One Response to Let the Dance Dance You

  1. Lindaa says:

    It is so great to see how John’s work continues to weave “words of love . . . an invisible cloak, to mind your life.” I want to support you in sharing that inspiration and love; and I am also responsible for minding the technicalities connected with the preservation of John’s estate and literary legacy.

    John’s family would be very grateful if you would add to your quote a note that gives the copyright attribution ( © John O’Donohue. All rights reserved). It would also be great if you could provide a link to the web site: http://www.johnodonohue.com — so that those who want to know more about John can come to us!

    warmly and with gratitude,

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